PE0341. THE LAST WALTZ (in English) (Music by Oscar Strauss; Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald; English adaptation has Book by Robert Evett & Reginald Arkell); Lyrics by Reginald Arkell, w.Hubert Bath Cond. Gaiety Theatre Ensemble; Jose Collins & Kingsley Lark. (240 performances). (England) Palaeophonics 162, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 16pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Gaiety Theatre 1922 production; Additional excerpts by Edith Lorand, Savoy Havana Band & Hackel-Berge Orch. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English Columbia rarities. Dominic Combe’s newest delight, produced via his enhanced equipment! For this production he had access to fabulous archival material and superb original 78s with which to work!
"Born in Vienna and a pupil of Max Bruch in Berlin, Oscar Straus followed the advice of Johann Strauss, who told him to gain experience by conducting in provincial theatres. In Berlin he won some fame in the Überbrettl cabaret, for which Schönberg also wrote. Returning to Vienna at the turn of the century, he began to write operetta in a series of works that rivalled in popularity those of Lehár. In 1939 he moved to Paris and then to New York and Hollywood, returning after the war to Bad Ischl, where he died in 1954.
DER TAPFERE SOLDAT, known in English as ‘The Chocolate Soldier’, won particular success in America. Other popular operettas include DER LETZTE WALZER (‘The Last Waltz’). He wrote film scores, notably for the film of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE."
- THE GUIDE TO MUSICAL THEATRE
“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Paleophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.
I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, (norpete.com) which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.
There are now over fifty Paleophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”
- Thomas Krebs, OPERETTA RESEARCH CENTER - PALEOPHONICS - A JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF RECORDED SOUND IN MUSICAL COMEDY, 1 July, 2020